Spring Projects

I will continue to include daily experiences related to the coronavirus and COVID-19. Life as we knew it has changed forever, and new ways of being are developing, slowly, slowly, slowly. Now that we are both in self-isolation, we take more notice of the goings on in the neighbourhood. Almost everyone is respectfully living their lives according to the current restrictions, staying home, physically distancing, to “flatten the curve”, it is truly a good neighbourhood to live in. Two of our neighbours aren’t with the program though, pushing the limits of the restrictions to the very edge. Across the street they are out and about in their vehicles frequently, every day, sometimes it is shopping, other times who knows, but it is not work related. Next door to us the young couple has had a series of visitors over the last two days, probably family, but visitors nonetheless. We will be giving these neighbours a wide berth now, and in the future. These reckless behaviours may be the death of someone, probably not them, they are young.

Our days are pleasant and fulfilling. Attila is out in his garden again today. One of his projects out there is to create a flower garden for me, a circular garden close to the back porch. He plans on transplanting the echinacea there, as well as the dianthus, and I would like to plant nasturtiums as well. Of course we will have to find a place for the cosmos, and the marigolds too. Most of our seeds are saved from last years garden, although we did buy some seeds in February for the upcoming season.

Me, I putter mostly, for the moment. Over the last few days I’ve focused on reviewing our financial situation, adjusting accounts accordingly, preparing a few records for Attila to use in case I don’t make it through this; I would prefer he remember me fondly, lol. Some of my time each day is spent in the kitchen, devising ways to transform the supplies we do have into meals that we find delightful. Another project that is going slowly, is to create a salve for the eczema in my ear canal. I have to use herbs-on-hand, so research is required. This is not an area of knowledge I have explored in the past, so slow and steady I go.

Genealogy research continues to be satisfying, and endlessly ongoing and interesting. Very few new discoveries are made these days, but there is great satisfaction in visiting the lives of the people, and the communities, that have been so influential in shaping my world view.



Date: 10:00 AM EDT Saturday 4 April 2020
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.8 kPa
Tendency: Rising
Temperature: 7.9°C
Dew point: 3.9°C
Humidity: 76%
Wind: E 6 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


“Your mother and I never argue because we always think the same.” He then added, mischievously: “She thinks first.””

Wilmot Watkins, father of Mel Watkins (Parry Sound, Ontario)

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I’m making a few masks for DH and myself and, by request, one for a friend who is an emerg nurse in a big city. Every little bit helps, and I’m starting to feel uncomfortable when we have to go out grocery shopping.

Bex Crowell

I have watched endless videos on Utube on how to make masks and the one I post on FB most recently (with the nurse doing it, with stethoscope around her neck) was the best pattern I’ve seen yet. Easy and an excellent design IMO.